Doom II

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Doom II (also known as Doom II: Hell on Earth) is the first sequel to Doom. It was released on September 30, 1994.


The player once again takes the role of a lone Marine, an unnamed hero, who, after escaping Hell and being the only survivor, returns to Earth. He discovers that Earth has been invaded (as foreshadowed back in Doom I).

With all the major cities in the world in ruins, the remaining leaders plan to use spacecraft to transport the survivors of Earth's population. However, the starport is the only way for the ships to depart and the demons have protected it with a force field. All of humanity's remaining soldiers make a desperate assault on the starport, but eventually they are decimated and only the player remains.

The Marine manages to enter the infested starport, slay all the demons in his way and is able to shut down the force field. Humanity escapes, and he sits quietly waiting for death, knowing he saved his species.

Then, the remaining humans discover the source of the hellish invasion: the Marine's hometown. He gets back into the fight and exterminates the hellspawn from the town, and finds another entryway into Hell.

To close the portal, he must enter Hell again to stop the invasion. After journeying through its twisted surface, the Marine manages to confront the Icon of Sin, a gigantic demon, and kills it. Its gruesome death causes devastation on Hell, and the portal to Earth has been sealed.


Doom II is not a dramatically different game from its predecessor. There were no significant technological developments and no major graphical improvements; gameplay still consists of the player navigating non-linear levels, picking up keys to unlock new areas, and killing as many monsters as possible.

Unlike Doom, Doom II takes place over a single continuous sequence of linked levels, with brief textual interludes in order to advance the story, whereas the original Doom separated eight levels each into three episodes and a bonus fourth episode with a text interlude shown after beating the eighth level of each episode. The intermission screens following each level show a simple background image instead of a map. The player can carry his weapons throughout the entire game (unless he is killed, of course), rather than starting from scratch several times as one episode ends and another begins.

The level design, as with Doom, is only loosely based on the areas the player is supposed to travel through. The initial third of the maps have a techbase theme as the player moves through the different military installations of the starport. Afterwards, as the player roams the cities and residential areas searching for the source of the infestation, the levels have an urban look and somewhat resemble terrestrial locations. Toward the end of the game, Hell has begun to merge with reality, and the final levels take place in a nightmarish, Dante-esque subterranean miasma of flowing lava and hot springs.

New enemies include the Heavy Weapon Dude (a.k.a. Chaingunner), Hell Knight, Mancubus, Revenant, Arachnotron, Pain Elemental, Arch-vile, and a new final boss. Being far more varied and innovative than the original Doom monsters, these dramatically changed the single-player gameplay.

The Wolfenstein SS from Wolfenstein 3D appears in the two secret levels, which are throwbacks in design (and music) to the Wolfenstein 3D. Also, a Commander Keen figure makes a cameo in the second secret level.

The player's only new weapon is the super shotgun (double-barreled shotgun). There is also one new powerup, the megasphere, and a few new decorations, including a burning barrel, a couple of lamps, six hanging mutilated corpses, and three other small pieces of gore.

Doom II required slightly more powerful hardware than its predecessor, due to having larger and more complicated maps with a larger amount of enemies.

Reviews and sales

Doom II went on to sell two million copies, making it the highest-selling id Software until it was eventually passed up by Rage in 2012. There was praise for its many new and varied enemies, and its innovative map design which aimed to be more non-linear than its predecessor. It also introduced the FPS multi-player world to MAP01: Entryway, which is regarded as one of the best deathmatch maps ever published, though some argue that MAP07: Dead Simple (Doom II) would hold that title of "best deathmatch level"..

In general, Doom II was well-received by the gaming community but was regarded in some areas as a disappointment. Its lack of major new features and its fairly homogeneous, sometimes drab level design were the biggest complaints. This was especially in comparisons made to later games such as Star Wars: Dark Forces and Duke Nukem 3D.

Unlike the original game, Doom II had no demo or shareware versions, and was available only through retail stores. Doom II was thus also known as the commercial version of the game, while the registered version was only available via mail order. (In 1995, however, the original was upgraded and also received a retail release.) Like Doom, Doom II received licensed ports after the fact to numerous additional platforms, including the Classic Mac, PlayStation, Sega Saturn, Game Boy Advance, and Xbox, although most of these ports included levels from both The Ultimate Doom and Doom II.

Doom II was re-released in the Doom 3 BFG Edition; however, this version is different in that the Nazi references were removed from MAP31 and MAP32.


The levels can be divided up into three episode-like sections, defined by their corresponding sky texture and separated by a textual intermission in addition to the standard intermission screen; as well as two secret levels. Additional textual interludes appear before MAP07, before each of the secret levels, and at the conclusion of the game.

MAP01 to MAP06; subterranean/outpost levels:

1: Known as Circle of Death on the intermission screen.

MAP12 to MAP20; city levels:

MAP21 to MAP30; Hell levels:

MAP31 and MAP32; secret levels:

2: These two levels do not appear in the German version.

MAP33; bonus Xbox level:

  1. The super shotgun is a new weapon which Doom II introduced to the series.

Doom II includes all the monsters from Doom:

Doom II also has new monsters, which are:


Current records

The Compet-N episode records for Doom II are:

Run Time Player Date File Notes
UV Episode, MAP01-MAP10 06:32 Drew "stx-Vile" DeVore 2002-12-02
UV Episode, MAP11-MAP20 09:52 Radek Pecka 2003-08-08
UV Episode, MAP21-MAP30 08:59 Radek Pecka 2004-09-28
UV Run 26:09 Radek Pecka 2003-12-28
NM Episode, MAP01-MAP10 07:11 Juho "ocelot" Ruohonen 2003-09-03
NM Episode, MAP11-MAP20 11:19 Drew "stx-Vile" DeVore 2002-03-24
NM Episode, MAP21-MAP30 13:35 Vincent Catalaá 2002-07-22
NM Run 29:56 Drew "stx-Vile" DeVore 2004-10-18
UV Max Episode, MAP01-MAP10 25:50 Radek Pecka 2001-06-15
UV Max Episode, MAP11-MAP20 47:10 Radek Pecka 2002-04-18
UV Max Episode, MAP21-MAP30 39:16 Radek Pecka 2002-08-29
UV Max Run 113:18 Radek Pecka 2002-04-22
NS Episode, MAP01-MAP10 14:25 Drew "stx-Vile" DeVore 2002-01-27
NS Episode, MAP11-MAP20 23:48 Drew "stx-Vile" DeVore 2002-01-11
NS Episode, MAP21-MAP30 18:27 Jan "Doomgeek" Vida 2002-07-15
NS Run 56:00 Drew "stx-Vile" DeVore 2004-05-30
UV -fast Episode, MAP01-MAP10 25:52 Ian Sabourin 2002-04-27
UV -fast Episode, MAP11-MAP20 57:44 Radek Pecka 2002-08-31
UV -fast Episode, MAP21-MAP30 61:35 Vincent Catalaá 2001-02-15
UV -fast Run 128:04 Radek Pecka 2003-06-24

TAS runs

See also


  • Various screenshots on the back cover of the original game box display scenery - possibly an early version of MAP15 and sky from the first game - and an Arachnotron sprite which are not found in the officially released game. These were likely screenshots from a pre-release version of Doom II which had differing level structure and graphics than what was included in the official commercial release. These unconventional screenshots have been later used in various Doom II re-releases, including the Doom95 repackaging in 1995, the Steam release in 2007, and on id Software's own Doom II page.
  • The Doom II cover art was drawn by occult/fantasy artist Gerald Brom.
  • A modified version of the cover art also makes an appearance in Jazz Jackrabbit 2 as the image of the shareware episode. The typeface is also similar to that of Doom.
  • Doom II was the first Doom game to be commercially released to the retail market. The original Doom could only be purchased through mail order, and an updated version, The Ultimate Doom, wouldn't be released until April 30, 1995.



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